Former President Bill Clinton to speak at UTPA Oct. 22
Posted: 10/13/2009
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Former President Bill Clinton will visit The University of Texas-Pan American on Oct. 22 to speak about his William J. Clinton Foundation initiatives to engage not only world leaders but also students - the next generation of leadership - to develop commitments of action to address global challenges.

Clinton will speak at 6:45 p.m. in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. but priority seating will go to students, faculty and staff with appropriate UTPA ID.

The 42nd president of the United States (1993-2000) began his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to bring together influential people to help solve problems around the globe in areas like public health, environment and climate change, energy, poverty, education and peace and human rights issues.

In 2007, he launched the CGI University (CGI U), to build a year-round community of the next generation of leaders to create knowledge, resources and networks to make a positive impact on the world. Since its inaugural meeting at Tulane University in March 2008, more than 2,000 CGI U Commitments to Action have been developed to tackle challenges on students' campuses, communities or in another part of the world. The 2010 CGI U meeting will convene at the University of Miami in April and students can apply at

"We are excited to welcome President Clinton to speak here at UTPA about his Foundation's initiatives to help solve some of the world's most challenging problems. Students who hear his message hopefully will understand how they can become global ambassadors and make a positive impact on the world," said UTPA Interim President Charles A. Sorber.

Clinton's visit is being facilitated by Alonzo Cantu, a UTPA Foundation Board member and owner of Cantu Construction and Development, in collaboration with the Office of Development in the Division of University Advancement, the Student Union and the UTPA Student Government Association.

"Our Rio Grande Valley students will be the next generation of leaders, who will need to turn ideas into action to solve problems we face now and in the future. I'm happy that President Clinton has generously agreed to provide an opportunity for them to hear firsthand how their ideas and actions can make a difference in the lives of not only Valley residents but in the lives of people around the world," Cantu said.

For security reasons, attendees are discouraged from bringing backpacks, briefcases, purses, camera bags or other similar items to the presentation. For more information, contact the Student Union office at 956/316-7989.